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Polygraphs Given in Utah Kidnap

Abduction: Police say they have given tests to people inside and outside Elizabeth Smart's family. No suspect is yet named.

June 21, 2002|From Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Police have administered polygraph tests to a number of people inside and outside 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart's family, authorities said Thursday.

Sixteen days into the investigation of Elizabeth's apparent abduction, police say they still have no suspect. The girl reportedly was taken from her bedroom at gunpoint in the early hours of June 5.

Police Chief Rick Dinse wouldn't elaborate on what the polygraph tests found.

He also said police have searched the hard drives of 12 computers and "have found nothing on computers that creates a [link] to this crime." Police said they examined computers owned by the immediate family and others.

Capt. Scott Atkinson said police had heard that the supermarket tabloid National Enquirer would report Friday on the family and what may have been found in the computers. The offices of American Media Inc., which owns the Enquirer, were closed Thursday evening, and there was no way to leave a message requesting comment.

FBI agents are looking at other kidnappings, including those of two teenagers taken from an apartment complex in Oregon and one in Idaho Falls, Idaho, that ended with the suspect's suicide, said special agent Dan Roberts. The one in Idaho Falls, which is about 190 miles from Salt Lake City, took place the same morning as the abduction of Elizabeth.

In addition, police said they were aware of one e-mail ransom note, but Dinse said they considered it a hoax.

The television show "America's Most Wanted" forwarded the note to police Wednesday. The note demanded a $50,000 payment by June 17 to be dropped off at the "Morman" temple, Mann said. "We could immediately tell it was a hoax," he said.

Police say Elizabeth's 9-year-old sister, who was in the same bed, described the kidnapper as white, 30 to 40 years old, with dark hair and hair on his arms and hands.

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